SDPB Friends Give Now - About

About the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting

The Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting supports the mission of SDPB through effective advocacy and fundraising from our members, donors and corporate partners. As a general rule, the Friends of SDPB pays for the majority of the programming expenses for both SDPB TV and Radio.

Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists solely to support the mission of SDPB. We are governed by a volunteer board of twenty-one citizens from across the state.

Friends Board of Directors

Tim Schorn, President

Karen Mortimer, Vice President
Rapid City

Tom Manzer, Treasurer

Sue Gates, Secretary

Gene Ellenson, Huron
Jan Johnson, Sioux Falls
Julie Overgaard, Sioux Falls
Katrin Profilet, Sioux Falls
Katrina Lehr-McKinney, Sioux Falls
Lon Stroschein, Sioux Falls
Mark Shlanta, Sioux Falls
Michael Goodroad, Rapid City
Paula Long Fox, Rapid City
Rebecca Jirava, Brookings
Ron Roehr, Milbank
Susan Halter Jones, Watertown
Tamara Pier, Rapid City
Tashina Banks Rama, Pine Ridge
Thomas E. Graslie, Rapid City

Please contact us at (605) 677-5861 if you wish to speak to a volunteer board member.

Friends Staff

Ryan Howlett
Chief Executive Officer
and Major Giving
(605) 367-7266
ryan.howlett at

Major Giving

Meg Hentges
Sound Vision Campaign Coordinator
(605) 367-7022
meg.hentges at

Carol Johnson
Major Giving and Donor Engagement
(605) 880-5094
carol.johnson at

Theresa Schake
Major and Planned Gifts
(605) 677-5861
theresa.schake at


Liz Larkin
Corporate Partnerships
and East River Sales
(605) 367-7273
liz.larkin at


Twyla Olson
Vice-President of Membership
(605) 367-7001
twyla.olson at

Wendy Bergan
On-air & New Member Fundraising Manager
(605) 367-4559
wendy.bergan at

Adam Davenport
Chief Information Officer
(605) 681-8801
adam.davenport at

Janet Gerjets
Membership Coordinator
(605) 677-5861
janet.gerjets at